Red Sox Journal
J.D. Drew Toodle-loo, June 28, 2011
The erstwhile fourteen-million dollar outfielder, nursing a multitude of injuries including multiple hamstrings, shoulder and back problems, now has another on his plate, an eye injury he suffered in batting practice. Drew is in the last year of a 5-year $70 million contract, and the Sox may be saying toodle-loo, sooner rather than later. His fragility was a concern upon the signing of the contract in the 2006 off season, after he had voided an already lucrative contract worth $35 million with the Dodgers.
Drew has had only one truly great moment with the Red Sox, his second-inning grand slam off Fausto Carmona in game 6 of the 2007 ALCS. One other that comes to mind is an amazing game-saving (at the time) catch in extra innings at Yankee Stadium in 2009, a game that rookie Junichi Tazawa and the Sox eventually lost.
With available competent (and healthy) backups (Reddick, McDonald, a cardboard cutout of Dwight Evans) waiting for a shot to play in the outfield every day, this may be the time to part ways. Just when one albatross was coming off the books, the Sox added another in Carl Crawford, who had been a healthy everyday player, up until he signed a big contract with the Sox. He injured his hamstring recently, which is a bad sign for a speedster.
Crawford's biggest asset is his speed, obviously, and he's still on the right side of 30, his batting average is always around .300, but he's never really had much power, and doesn’t walk a lot. The Red Sox should have signed super-utility man 4th outfielder Bill Hall to a one or two year deal, and had him play every day in left, but that’s neither here nor there.
— Roman Llimar